Written by Jennifer KhoIn spite of economic troubles, it's an important time to focus on the environment, California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said at a solar conference Monday evening. "Of course we are now facing tough economic times, but that's why we need to focus on solar and
He added that he was happy for an excuse to come to San Diego. "Let me tell you, in San Diego 80 percent of the people voted for me in the recall," he said, referring to the election in 2003 in which Californians voted to recall his predecessor, Gray Davis, and to replace him with the actor. "The other 20 percent never forgave me for my movie, "Hercules in New York," which is completely understandable." He also mentioned the $18 billion in renewable-energy tax credits that Congress approved -- and President Bush signed -- along with the $700 billion bank bailout plan earlier this month. "You know something's going on when Congress gets involved," he said. "I was so happy that they finally got their act together in Washington. ... It's about time and it will be great for the industry and great for the nation."